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Classical / Folk Dance Performances
Dance Revelasian (Chinese)
China has 56 minority tribes. Each ethnic group has its own culture. Folk dances which reflect their religious, cultural and history.YangGe is a distinct style of the Han ethnic dance.
People use this to passing on folklores, celebrating festivities or entertaining themselves. The most popular props are fans, ribbons, drums and handkerchiefs.
Today we will be learning the handkerchief YangGe. Dance Revelasian is the premier Chinese dance group in Boston. It’s made up of a group of well-established, experienced dancers, drawn together by their interest and passion for dancing. Our mission is to promote Chinese culture through traditional dance.
Sons & Daughter of Alexander the Great
Each region of Greece has its own typical dance and music. But there are some common elements, such as line dances. In line dancing there is a leader, and dancers join hands or lock arms together.
The Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great perform dances typical of Northern Greece. The group has trained over 1,100 young pro-fessionals over the past forty years, and is well known throughout the Boston area. There are now twenty young men and women who perform dances from Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Florina, Naousa, and Thrace. Their costumes are authentic and hand-made in Greece.
They will perform four dances featuring different styles from Northern Greece, Enteka, Aristidis, Tsamiko, and Syrto, and will then teach the Kalamatiano - a line dance consisting of twelve simple repeating steps. Come join in and don’t forget to shout opa!
Bharathakalai School of Dance
Bharathanatyam is a centuries old dance form that originates from the Hindu Temples of Southern India. It is a dance form that delivers the performer and the viewer unto another, peaceful liberated plane.
This is perhaps the most codified and documented ancient dance form in the entire world!
Jayshree has been a practitioner of this Great Indian Dance form for over 35 years and has been teaching for 25 years. She has received numerous awards for both performing and teaching, the most recent being a special Citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for her 25 years of teaching this art form.
Bharathakalai School of Dance was founded in 1987 in New Delhi,
India and moved to the Massachusetts with its founder, Jayshree Bala Rajamani in 1995. The school is dedicated to promoting and preserving the ancient Indian dance form of Bharathanatyam, both
through formal training and through lecture-demonstrations and workshops at various schools, universities and museums.
Boston Brunch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
The traditional music and accompanying social dancing styles of Scotland fall into two major categories, slow and quick. The slow "strathspey" style is unique to Scotland.
There is an extremely active worldwide community of composers and dance devisors, leading to thousands of documented dances and tunes, both older and traditional, and many quite modern. Often tunes and dances will be created together to match each other.
The group will be demonstrating samples of both styles. The dancers are part of the Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, which was formed in 1923 to preserve and promote this
dance and music tradition. It became "royal" in 1952 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became its patron.
The Branch runs classes and parties for all ages and levels of dance throughout New England most nights of the week and year long. No partners or previous experience is necessary to enjoy the sociability and energy of Scottish Country Dancing. Come join the fun!
Rikudei Emunah (Dances of Faith)
Israeli folkdance has evolved greatly since the early 1900's. It began
as an expression of joy by the early pioneers who built the country. Nowadays it expresses the spirit of the people of Israel and their varied backgrounds and countries of origin.
People of all ages gather in Israel itself as well as around the world to dance the same dances. The music for the majority of Israeli dances is comprised of songs whose text is drawn from the Hebrew Bible “The Song of Solomon” and the Psalms are favorite sources.
Tonight our performance reflects the development of Israeli folkdance from exclusively circles to line dances. (There are also partner dances, which we will not be performing.) We begin with a classic circle dance called the horah, considered the "landmark" of Israeli dancing. We follow with a debka, a line dance once only for men, their stomping representing horses' hooves. At the end of the dance we shout "Shalom," which means hello, goodbye and peace.
Latinas of Lexington
Music and dance are very popular in Hispanic cultures. The Latinas of
Lexington Dance is put together by a group of Hispanic women that reside in the town of Lexington. The group is formed by women from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Their participation in the multi-cultural dance event will feature a
showcase of music and dance that brings joy to the heart and soul and makes you want to get up and move.
The group will demonstrate and ask you to join with simple dances like Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata.. Bring your dance shoes and your swagger…Vamos a bailar!